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Experiences of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Team Members

DeThomasis, Ashleigh M. (2014) Experiences of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Team Members. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

Abstract This qualitative investigation is designed to describe team collaboration and communication among augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) team members who serve school-aged children with complex communication needs (CCN). The team members included speech-language pathologists, general educators, special educators, instructional assistants, and parents of children with CCN. Semi-structured, phone, and face-to-face interviews were conducted. Open coding was utilized to analyze the transcription for common themes and subthemes. Participants were asked about their AAC experiences with team communication and collaboration, AAC system training, AAC system vocabulary, AAC system satisfaction, team roles and expectations, recommendations for their team, recommendations for professionals, and recommendations for families. Results suggested that a lack of the following may hinder the use of the AAC system: vocabulary range; system use across natural environments; team member training on AAC; team communication; and team collaboration. The results of this study and other research to date suggest that team members should consider examining their approaches to communication and collaboration more closely to serve children with complex communication needs more effectively in the future.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Laura Francis
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 14:00
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 14:00
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/164

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